An excerpt from Ken Burns’ documentary “Country Music” on PBS

This Saturday, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will honor the man who wrote the “Country Music” documentary series

Dayton Duncan — who wrote the documentary produced by Ken Burns — will receive inaugural Tracy Frist Legacy Award at the Heritage Ball on Oct. 5 at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Former Sen. Bill Frist and his wife, Tracy, are chairing the event

“Tracy Frist and Sen. Bill Frist would like to shine a national spotlight on Williamson County and the great history and preservation work our community supports every day,” foundation CEO Bari Watson Beasley said. “To do so, the Frists have been instrumental in creating the new Tracy Frist Legacy Award, which will honor someone at a national level right here in Franklin. The award will be given annually at the Heritage Ball. This year, I could not be more honored to have Dayton Duncan join us. His work speaks for itself, and I know our community will be proud to host him in October.”

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Dayton Duncan, left, and Ken Burns (Photo: Evan Barlow)

Duncan is an award-winning writer who has authored 13 books, and an Emmy-award-winning documentary filmmaker, having been involved with Burns’ work for nearly three decades. 

The new award given holds symbolism, according to the Frists. Duncan will receive a physical award in the form of an owl sculpture made with local materials. The owl supports the theme of the ball, which is “Discovery.”

Tickets to this year’s event have sold out. 

Questions can be sent via email to Heather Kantor at [email protected].

About the Heritage Foundation 

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has worked to save properties in the area for 52 years. Some of its biggest preservation projects include the Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail.

The group also works in public-private partnership with battlefields, Main Street, homes and green spaces. 

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Reach Emily West at [email protected] and on Twitter at @emwest22. 

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